Special Counsel Robert Mueller seems to be building the case to indict the Russians who carried out the hacking of the Democratic National Committee servers and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and the subsequent release of the information during the 2016 presidential election, NBC reports.
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The Justice Department has issued indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities on charges related to Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, Politico reports. The charges include conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud and bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The charges were brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The White House indicated it is inclined to approve the release of the Democratic rebuttal to the memo released by Rep. Devin Nunes alleging abuses by the FBI and the Justice Department in their efforts to apply for a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, the Wall Street Journal reports. Trump’s decision about whether to declassify the document is expected today.
Over the past week, the White House aggressively responded to concerns about President Donald Trump’s mental competency raised by the book Fire and Fury, prompting former chief strategist Stephen Bannon to walk back comments attributed to him in the book, the New York Times
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Late Wednesday, Democratic leaders announced they had cut a deal with President Trump to pursue legislation protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation, the Washington Post reported.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi acknowledged yesterday that the U.N. should “make a further response and take necessary measures” to curb North Korea’s nuclear program, Reuters reports. The U.S. has pressed for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang since the regime’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday.
A federal district court judge in San Antonio issued a preliminary injunction yesterday against Texas’s enforcement of portions of a law on sanctuary cities that was scheduled to take effect on Friday.
In another provocative warning to the Kim Jong Un regime, President Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning that the U.S. is “locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely,” The New York Times reports.